Talk:Joseph Banks

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Minor wording query[edit]

"...and some 75 species bear Banks' name.". Would it be stating the obvious to says 75 species of flora? Or is that not correct? — Moondyne 06:39, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

what is "...a grade-II-listed building"? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:12, 30 October 2012 (UTC)


He can't be born both in Horncastle (on right of page in the infobox) and in London (main text of article). I think it's London (that's what everywhere else says) but.... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:36, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

Well spotted, the ODNB says 30 Argyll Street, London, so will go with that. DuncanHill (talk) 13:10, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Botanic Macaroni[edit]

While reading Patricia Fara's work, I came looking for more on "Botanic Macaroni" but found little in this article on it. Shyamal (talk) 05:28, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

Birth date[edit]

This page from The Peerage uses the form 1743/44, which was a commonly seen feature of the Old Style (Julian) calendar for people born in England before 25 March. Hence, it’s clear that "13 February 1743" is an Old Style date. The corresponding New Style (Gregorian) date is 24 February 1743. I propose to edit the lead para as follows:

  • Sir Joseph Banks, 1st Baronet, GCB, PRS (24 February [O.S. 13 February] 1743 – 19 June 1820) was ...

Any objections before I proceed? -- JackofOz (talk) 08:53, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Sounds good to me. Hesperian 13:06, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
I've been somewhat diverted. I've made the edit now. -- Jack of Oz [your turn] 02:01, 21 August 2011 (UTC)


Why is the book by Carter on His Majesty's Spanish Flock listed as unpublished? It was published in 1964. A copy used to sit on my parents' bookshelves. Also the first biography of Banks, by JH Maiden the Australian botanist, is not listed. Other volumes on Banks (by Smith and Cameron) are also missing.

Mimosa? I Think Not[edit]

I deleted mimosa from the list of plants introduced by Banks to the western world. Since the French astronomer Jean-Jacques d’Ortous de Mairan observed the day and night movements of a mimosa in his own apartment in 1729, thus pioneering chronobiology, it must have been known in Europe before Banks was even born. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:49, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

First tattooed modern European?[edit]

BBC tonight (Quizeum) suggests that Banks may have been the first modern European to see tattooing in Polynesia and to receive one of their own to bring back as an example. Any sources for this? Andy Dingley (talk) 22:25, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

There are references to him describing in detail tattooing in Tahiti and in 1770 he did acquire a preserved and tattooed head of a New Zealand Māori. There is no mention of him being tattooed. Seearticle at this link NealeFamily (talk) 01:52, 23 December 2015 (UTC)